WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to new
seafood consumption guidelines for pregnant women, issued this morning by
the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), David
Martosko, Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom
made the following statement:
"It's about time the pendulum on fish and mercury swung back in the
direction of common sense. For generations, fish has been 'brain food' to
moms and their kids. But about ten years ago, it started receiving the
skull-and-crossbones treatment from moneyed environmental groups and
government agencies jumping the gun on unresolved science," Martosko said.
"Green groups including Oceana, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Working
Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Mercury Policy
Project owe millions of American moms and their babies a sincere apology.
And the Environmental Protection Agency should join in that chorus.
"In an age when the Precautionary Principle informs so much (some would
argue too much) of our policy making, fear of fish is a great example of
hyper-precaution leading us in the wrong direction. Sadly, a public health
tragedy still awaits us, but not from the fish on our plates. The real
danger will come from unintended consequences of alarm bells, as moms deny
their children the vital health benefits of seafood because of unfounded
mercury fears," Martosko added. "For three years, we've been saying that
the proven health benefits of eating fish far outweigh the hypothetical
risks. Serious science clearly doesn't support the prevailing panic, and
we're glad to see mainstream nutrition experts telling moms that the Great
Mercury Scare belongs in the dustbin of history."
For more information, visit http://www.mercuryfacts.org
For additional comment or to schedule an interview with Mr. Martosko,
please call Tim Miller at 202-463-7112.
SOURCE Center for Consumer Freedom